Harlem in NYC is known for its rich, cultural diversity and a new project will make it even more iconic.
As noted by the New York State Museum, “In the 1920s and 1930s, Harlem became a symbol of the African American struggle for civil and economic equality while emerging as a flourishing center of black culture, art and music.”
A statement released by non-profit organizers, Museum and Educational Institution on June 12, revealed details for the planning process of the 20-story Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum.
The non-profit’s mission is to “preserve, archive, exhibit, educate, and showcase hip-hop music & culture from around the world” and the museum’s development will be split into two phases.
Phase I: The ground floor will include a “‘themed HHHOF café, gallery, visitors bureau, and retail gift store with a second floor HHHOF museum, event space, offices, and multi-media’ tudio for film and television content production in partnership with the HHHOF Arts & Media Youth Academy students that will be training for careers in tech and media” as stated by JT Thompson, the Creator and Executive Producer of the first ever Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV show that aired on BET Network in the 1990s, and Founder of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum.
Phase II: Planning will include “The Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum & Hotel Entertainment Complex design concept that features the Hall of Fame, Museum, 5 Star Hotel, Retail Mall & Gift Shop, Arcade, TV Studios, Sports Bar, Restaurant & Concert Lounge with a goal of serving up to 1,000,000 local, national, and international visitors annually including music fans, tourists, students, culture enthusiasts, and families on educational & entertainment excursion tours.
The HHHOF envisions a state of the art ‘Green Technology & Energy Conservation’ Museum building project that will aggressively explore and utilize all of the available cost and energy saving technologies and mechanisms that are currently in the marketplace.”
Phase I/the ground floor is set to open in February, 2018.